By Scott E. Sundby
With a existence within the stability, a jury convicts a guy of homicide and now has to come to a decision no matter if he could be placed to demise. Twelve humans now face a momentous choice.
Bringing drama to existence, A existence and demise determination provides precise perception into how a jury deliberates. We believe the passions, anger, and depression because the jurors grapple with criminal, ethical, and private dilemmas. The jurors' voices are compelling. From the idealist to the "holdout," the person stories―of how and why they voted for all times or death―drive the narrative. The reader is correct there siding with one or one other juror during this riveting read.
From video clips to novels to tv, juries fascinate. targeting a unmarried case, Sundby sheds gentle on broader concerns, together with the jobs of race, type, and gender within the justice method. With demise penalty circumstances continuously within the information, this is often a big window on how genuine jurors planned a couple of urgent nationwide issue.
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It was surprising. I mean, throughout all this lead-up I was waiting for this grand defense, thinking ‘Now, keep your options open,’ and then [laughter] they said, “We rest,” and I about died. ’ They really hung their hat on beyond a shadow of a doubt—that was their whole case. ” But not only did Lane’s reasonable doubt defense at the guilt phase push the Chorus members in the direction of the death penalty by further casting him as a remorseless manipulator, it also chilled their receptiveness to his later claims of mitigation and regret at the penalty phase.
Since 1977 when the death penalty was re-instituted, only 10 of the 717 defendants sentenced to death in California between 1977 and 2004, including Harris, have been executed. More death row inmates committed suicide during this time period—13—than were executed. ” THE CHORUS / 39 The Chorus’s sense that “death doesn’t mean death” made it slightly easier for several members to vote for a death sentence.
As a result, the prosecutor, who will be arguing strenuously THE IDEALIST / 25 for the death penalty at trial, will sound extremely sympathetic to the juror’s problems with the death penalty: “Mrs. ”18 Y For Ken and the other jurors in favor of sentencing Lane to death, the Witherspoon questions offered a way to acknowledge the strength of Peggy’s beliefs while at the same time undermining their legitimacy as a reason to not impose the death penalty on Lane. The jurors began to ask Peggy whether she had been completely candid with herself in answering the Witherspoon questions.
A Life and Death Decision: A Jury Weighs the Death Penalty by Scott E. Sundby